Dryhead Report from Lori, October 13 and 14, 2012

Cascade, October 13, 2012
Here are a few pictures from my trip Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.I am sad to report that I did not find Merlin as hard as I tried, he did not show his beautiful face. I can only hope that he is hiding out and healing from his battle wounds.Saturday, I did see Fiero with Bakken, Strawberry and I was surprised to see Cascade with them.They all look good, but Cascade does look thin as was reported by several others.

I just love Fiero and think he is a strong and majestic Stallion. He is special to me because he is the son of Sacajawea (one of my favorites on the Dry Head) and the fact that he has held his harem together for quite
some time now.

He has 3 of the 14 mares on the Dry Head and none of them will reproduce as they are on PZP.

This is sad to me because I believe Fiero should have more representation on the range.

I think Cascade seems a bit lost to me since they took Lewis away from her.

I believe that Blizzard is back to being a bachelor again although I did not see him either day while I was out there.

I could not get Fiero to look at me and did not want to disturb them any more than I did.
I also took a picture of Mustang Flats on this very cloudy day so everyone could see the vastness of it.

I believe there was still some smoke in the air as well and so the photos are not the best.

Strawberry, October 13, 2012
Fiero and Bakken, October 13, 2012
Fiero and Bakken
Cascade, October 13, 2012
Strawberry
Fiero, October 13, 2012
Hazy day in the Dryhead

On my way out of the range I saw Jesse James, Hickok and
Seneca…I believe that Hightail was nearby but just not in view.
They were a very long ways off and I did not hike out to them.

Most every time I have been out to the range this past summer I see the devoted Jesse James with Seneca and Hightail. Sometimes Hickok is with them and sometimes he is not, so I am going to say that
Jesse James is the Harem Stallion and much more reliable. Hickok sometimes goes out with the bachelor boys and I have never seen Jesse James out with the bachelors.

They seemed to be just out grazing and taking it easy.
I wish that we had received more moisture this past spring & summer so that the horses would have more to eat, but it just did not happen.
Maybe this winter will bring some much needed moisture, but until then
I will worry about these horses finding enough food to sustain them through the winter months.

Jesse James, October 13, 2012
Seneca and Jesse James

The next set of  pictures are from my trip, again, to the Dry Head on Sunday morning.  I thought maybe I would see more of the horses since it was earlier, but not to be. I still did not find Merlin.

I managed to get a few good shots of the Big Horn Sheep that were hanging around Devils Canyon Over Look.
I always enjoy seeing them.

Out on Mustang Flats I saw Seattle, Sacajawea and Kemmerer. They were way out there, but I was up for the hike.

I tried not to disturb them but they saw me coming from the distance.
Seattle looks thin, but he always looks that way. His injury from years past must be healed as he was not limping at all.

He is a beautiful and gallant Stallion and very protective.
Both Sacajawea and Kemmerer look real good and I am so happy that Kemmerer is still on the range, as he is one of my favorites. I have been watching him grow up and he has turned out to be a very robust bachelor. I hope someday he has his own harem and some offspring in the future.

Seattle thought I was getting too close so he started to move Sacajawea and Kemmerer.
I then left so that they could feel safe and I did not want to disturb them any more than I already had. I did thank them for allowing me to take their photos!

Maybe next trip to the range I will get to find Merlin and more of the horses, but I think they are going out to the Lower Sykes area, possibly because there is more for them to eat.

Brianna and I are planning a trip out there on Friday afternoon. Maybe Brianna will bring luck with her!

Bighorn Sheep
October 14, 2012
October 14, 2012
Seattle, Sacajawea and Kemmer, October 14, 2012
Kemmer
October 14, 2012
Seattle, October 14, 2012
October 2012
Sacajawea and Kemmer, October 14, 2012

Thanks for the report Lori!

Sandy

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